March 19th 2015


Employers from Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire attended a guided tour yesterday (Wednesday 18 March) of one of the Army Reserve’s training facilities in Nottingham.

More than 50 employers from the East Midlands visited Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham to tour the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC) and find out more about how the training Reservists receive could potentially benefit their businesses.

During the event, that was organised by SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers), visitors had the opportunity to see medical facilities; weapons, kit and equipment; counter improvised explosive devices; also to have practical experience on an electronic simulated rifle range and a vehicle crash simulator .

East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director John Wilson organised the event. He said: “We were delighted with the response from employers about this event. This was a rare opportunity to visit the MTMC, to have the chance to speak with Reservists face-to-face and have a go at activities such as the electronic simulated rifle range crash simulator. The event was a success with positive feedback from many of those who joined us on the day.

The training a Reservist receives would cost an employer thousands of pounds a year to provide, but they can take advantage of this for free. Team working, leadership, improved confidence and the ability to work under pressure are all desirable skills and attributes that could be beneficial to a Reservist’s employer in the workplace.”

Feedback from employers at the event:

John Clayton, Technical Director at RPS Group PLC, in Newark, said: “I thought today was a real eye-opener in terms of how Reservists are prepared for mobilisation. Reservists are incredibly important and I think more employers should consider the skills that Reservists can bring to the business such as leadership, management and organisational abilities.”

Paula Jelly, Regional Lead for Veterans Service at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the MTMC and have met some wonderful people who serve our country. I want to highlight that Reservists are not ‘ordinary’ people – they are ‘extraordinary’ people who juggle the demands of civilian life as well as supporting the Armed Forces.”

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Rebecca Gee, Sales Advisor at Stage Systems based in Loughborough, was presented with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award for demonstrating support to Reservist employees at the event.

Rebecca said: “I have found today both eye-opening and informative. It has given me a greater understanding of what being a Reservist is all about. We are really proud to have received the award and it will have pride of place at the front of our office.”